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This course covers fundamental concepts of chemical mass transport in the environment and within the human body. It addresses advective and diffusive transport, and dispersion in advection-driven systems. Media include air, water and soil as well as the major organs of the body. Transport scales range from global to cellular.
An intensive course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of environmental health from a scientific and conceptual perspective. Topics are considered within multi-causal, ecological, adaptive systems, and risk-assessment frameworks. Includes consideration of biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, which influence public health and well-being.
Doctoral students register for the ESHH 611 section.
The course provides an introduction to biological processes in environmental systems and the influence of human activities on these processes. Topics include ecology and evolution, population growth, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. In addition to fundamental knowledge in biology, students will demonstrate understanding of environmental inter-relationships and contemporary environmental issues.
This course provides an overview of chemical processes that are important in the environment and examines how they impact human health. Topics will include atmospheric chemistry, aquatic chemistry, industrial chemistry, hazardous waste chemistry, environmental restoration, as well as regulations for protecting human and environmental health from hazardous chemicals.
Environmental hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures. Emphasis will be on public health security and disaster response. Topics include the effect of environment hazards (i.e. tsunami, volcano, flooding, earthquake, storms, extreme heat and cold) on human health, environmental change and emerging and re-emerging disease, government agencies and response planning, technology and public health crises, public health response to terrorism, industrial emergencies, mental health issues, and response for special populations.
This course covers the health effects of chemicals in the environment and regulatory risk assessment. Methods for both human health and ecological risk assessment will be presented including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk communication, toxicity testing, and computational models in toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon ethical risk assessment and communication with regards to sensitive sub-populations.
This is the first course in a three course sequence designed for MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors. Textbook based; e.g. Gordis Epidemiology. Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases, host-agent-environmental relationships, and concepts of disease causation will be reviewed. Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic measures such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, natality, case fatality, relative risk and other rates and ratios and will use age-adjustment and other standardization techniques. Types and sources of public health data will be reviewed, their use in comparing groups, and statistical significance. Epidemic curves, outbreak investigation principles, surveillance concepts and basic designs of observational studies and sources of bias will be covered.
Students in the MPH Epidemiology and MPH Biostatistics programs should take the on-campus Epi I course.
Doctoral students register for the EPI 612 section.
The objective of the MPH program is to develop environmental health leaders who can synthesize the technical, environmental, economic, health, and social issues involved in the design and operation of complex environmental health systems, and organizations. The purpose of the public health practicum is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate environmental health theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. Students will develop and demonstrate their skill at synthesis through participation in the public health practicum. At the end of the practicum students will present their projects in an open forum accessible by community members. ESHH 509 may be taken as two 3-credit courses during subsequent terms.
This course provides an introduction to Global Health. It will focus on the factors that make public health a priority at regional and global scales. It will also address the underlying processes that determine public health in a range of regional settings.
Doctoral students register in the ESHH 612 section.
This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.
The following sections are offered online: Baker. All other sections are offered in-person.
The goal of this course is to cover the broad range of statistical methods used in health sciences. Methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures will be discussed. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis in applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and non-parametric approaches will be studied. Course focus will be to understand when to use basic statistical methods how to compute tests to statistics and how to interpret results. Computer applications (using SPSS) are included as part of the course.
Online: Summer and Fall
Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined. Satisfies the core M.P.H. requirement. Recommended prerequisite: graduate standing.
Students will learn about the current Total Worker Health approach to creating safe and healthful work environments, focusing on workplace hazards and the methods and strategies for their elimination or control. Topics are expected to include occupational health professions, evaluation of hazards and the hierarchy of controls, chemical and physical hazards, psychosocial issues, shift work, workers’ compensation and health care, global and emerging issues, special and priority populations (guided by faculty research and student interest), contingent and informal working populations, and workplace interventions (e.g., policy, organizational systems, engineering, job design, ergonomics, leadership, selection and training, and behavior change).
This course is designed for students from across health and science disciplines to obtain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods. The 2 credit course is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines through an introduction to qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups, and observational procedures, which can be applied across research disciplines as a sole methodology or as part of a mixed-methods design. Students will work in interprofessional teams to plan for and engage in basic data collection and analysis, with a focus on study design, sampling and selection, budgeting for qualitative tasks, data management, coding, content analysis and reporting. Attention will be paid to the specific issues of ethics and confidentiality in qualitative research, as well as the unique challenges of rigor and reproducibility as they apply to qualitative methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to select an appropriate qualitative method, implement it with their target population, analyze the results, and present it clearly.
This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.
Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.